Dr. Paul W. Drummond
The new minister, Reverend Paul W. Drummond began his duties as minister of Saint Paul on Sunday in August 1970. Young and energetic, he came to a congregation struggling with irreparable damages from a split in membership. However, it was time to heal and move forward. Because of his concern for the spiritual growth of every man, the primary focus was given to teaching the meaning of stewardship. The congregation now realized the importance of giving their tithes, time and service in order to help others commit themselves to Christ. Committed to ministering to the “whole man”, Saint Paul increased the number of services already offered to the church community.
With an ever-growing membership, three new full-time positions were added to the administrative staff, a Youth Director, Christian Education Director and the first Administrative Assistant. Six computers were purchased for the Learning Center for Word Processing Classes. In addition, the feed the needy of the church and community and a ministry to aid the sick and shut-ins were organized. Reverend Drummond was supportive of both programs and the church began to feed the needy persons three times a week. The Rose of Sharon ministry was organized to aid the sick and shut-ins.The Music Department experienced hardship after the split in membership. After restructuring of the Music Department, others choirs were organized which included the Spiritual Choir and the P.W. Drummond choir. The Music Department continued to grow into what Saint Paul has at the present time.
As Saint Paul continued to experience growth in membership, the church was expanded and renovated. Modern musical instruments were purchased and the Tape Ministry began. An early morning (7:45 AM) service was added to relieve overcrowding at the 10:45 AM Sunday morning service. As Saint Paul continued to make great strides in the areas of spiritual enrichment and community involvement, the Building Program was restored with the theme, “Building On The Past...For The Future.” A kick-off Stewardship Banquet was held at the Adams Mark Hotel on November 8, 1987. After several setbacks, the Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on May 23, 1993. Saint Paul’s goal was realized on the third Sunday in November 1996 when the congregation moved to its present sanctuary. The Family Life Center, which was the “Gym” was under construction.
Dr. Drummond announced his retirement in 1997 stating, “I have taken you (Saint Paul) as far as I can.” However, he agreed to remain as the minister until a replacement could be found. Under his leadership, Saint Paul had become a church with nearly three thousand members and a budget over one million dollars.